Businesswoman Arraigned For Allegedly Defrauding Couple Of N650,000

The police on Thursday, arraigned a businesswoman, Mary Michael, in a Magistrates’ Court in Life Camp, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding a couple of N650, 000.

Micheal, 45, who lives in Life Camp Abuja, is charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, FCT Command, Abuja, alleged that Mr. Ahgwekwe and Beverly Solomon, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on Jan. 8.

Ejike alleged that the couple in April and July 2019, paid N650, 000 into the bank account of the defendant for house rent.

The Prosecutor alleged that before the complainants could move into the house, the building was demolished by the FCT Department of Development Control.

He alleged that all efforts made by Mr. and Mrs. Solomon to recover their money from the defendant, failed.

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Ejike further alleged that during investigation, the police discovered that the defendant received a quit notice from the department of development control and she still went ahead to dishonestly collect the money from them.

The Prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Micheal however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200, 000 with one surety.

Nwecheonwu ordered that the sureties must be reliable with a verifiable means of livelihood and must deposit his or her identity card at the court registry for verification.

She also ordered that the sureties must be resident within the Jurisdiction of the court and his or she address must be verified by the court officer.

She adjourned the case until Feb.24, for hearing.